Yesterday, Bollywood lost one of its gems – Shashi Kapoor.
He had acted in 116 Hindi movies. Born in The Kapoor family, acting was something he inherited. But, what made him stand out of the crowd was his charm, the twinkle in his eyes, that smile and of course the gentle heart.
No wonder he was the best and good looking actor of his age. His contribution to Indian Cinema is incredible.
Every biggies of Bollywood paid their tribute and shared their memories with the late actor on social media.
Shashi Kapoor is(he will always be) one of my favorite actors. Not just because of his personality on screen, but behind the screen.
Yes. I have watched his movies, lost my heart for his smile and the spark in his eyes. But I loved him more as a person as I got to know him through all the articles I read about him many years back.
I have always heard that most of the actors are not worth idolizing in real life. Because they don’t possess good qualities. What we see them on screen is just the character they play. But, I say this man is totally different as per this statement is concerned.
Living legend Amitab Bachhan shared his memories about Shashi Kapoor. He said –
Standing elegantly without a care in the world, I saw him standing by a Mercedes Sports car, a convertible, a smart trimmed beard and mustache, adorning involuntarily, the face of this incredibly handsome man. It was a picture that filled almost an entire page of a magazine. Shashi Kapoor … son of Prithviraj Kapoor, younger brother to Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, making a debut in a forthcoming film, is what the caption read. And I said to myself, as very uncertain thoughts raced through my mind of wanting to become a film actor, that, with men like him around, I stood no chance at all.’’
‘’Shashi Kapoor !” was what one heard as he extended a warm soft hand out to you in introduction; that devastating smile complimenting the twinkle in his eyes. He needn’t have done so. Every one knew him. But this was his infectious humble self. When he spoke, there was a mischievous, gentle, almost inaudible, delicate, yodel, in his voice – most endearing and comforting to the one he was introduced to. The self introduction habit, was a gem. The one being introduced to, was, quite obviously, prompted to say his or her name as well, when they heard his. It was a remarkable tool to come to know the other persons name .. and .. if and when there was to be another meeting after many forgettable years, the same technology was most helpful in remembering the other persons name, in case you had forgotten it .. !!,
‘’ He had been ailing .. somewhere he had let himself go after the passing away of his dear wife Jennifer .. I had visited him on occasion in Hospital during some of the times he had been hospitalized earlier .. but I never went to see him again .. I would never have .. I never ever wanted to see this beautiful friend and ‘samdhi’ in the state I saw him in hospital .. and I did not today, when they informed me that he had gone.’’
‘’ He fondly addressed me as ‘babbua’ .. and with him have gone many incredible unread chapters of his and my life .’’
Thus he played a vital role in making the living legend – Amiatab’s career. I mean who does that??? Who likes competition??? Who thinks of someone else’s career??? Who helps someone without expecting anything in return??? At least not in this mean world.
The quality which I respected and admired and I will always admire about Shashi Kapoor is his love for his wife Jennifer.
Their love story has touched my soul. People like him make me believe in true love whenever I feel it doesn’t exist…!!!
1956 – Shashi Kapoor, the 18 year old young boy , met Jennifer Kendal in Calcutta. Jennifer, actress who was performing in ‘The Tempest’ as part of her father Geoffrey’s Shakespeareana production.
They fell in love. They fought for their love and got married by 1958 after facing initial resistance from Jennifer’s family.
They made a house a home with their love. Blessed with 3 kids. It was a happy family. Till 1983, when Jennifer was diagnosis ed with cancer.
She breathed her last in 1984. Part of Shashi Kapoor’s soul was gone with her.
Shashi’s son had revealed in an interview – ” Post my mother’s death, dad took the boat and went into the sea. He parked his boat in the middle of the sea and wept. Wept like a child..”
Shahi Kapoor had fame, money, a bright career. But only he knew, these were nothing without his love, his life – his wife.
The pain of separation. Separation from the one you love forever. The worst pain. Isn’t it??? Not opting to start life from a fresh(what we call ‘a fresh start’, ‘second chance’ , ‘second innings’ etc etc) living with their memories of deceased one is not easy. Dedication and immense love is what we need to lead such life.
He isolated himself from the world. He went into depression. Surrendered himself to drinking. Thus inviting a lot of health issues…!!!
He breathed his last due to his severe health issue last evening.
I hope he must be happy somewhere with his wife at the other end of the rainbow.
My eyes are wet. I am stunned by the love he had for his wife. The amount of dedication, commitment he had towards their relationship.
He is worth idolizing for the love, dedication, commitment, the purity. Because these are the qualities which we rarely find these days.
Thank you Shashi Ji for inspiring me…!!! Making me believe in true love… Making me believe in good deeds. Most importantly, to be humble.
PS: Amul also paid tribute to him. Amul gal standing with his most iconic characters he played. With the famous dialogue of ALL TIME – “Mere paas maa hai”
You will be missed Shashi Ji.